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Subject:         Re: Homemade soymilk for infant supplement feeding? NO!
Date: December 11, 2006 at 11:04 am PST

In Reply to: Homemade soymilk for infant supplement feeding? posted by Gretchen on December 5, 2006 at 12:58 pm:

#1.) Your doctor may not be giving you the best advice on breastfeeding-- in fact most NA doctors know very little about breastfeeding! It takes 6 weeks to establish your milk-- don't quit now! There are so many advantages, for you and your baby, if you continue! vegsource has some good resources, such as this page on the advantages of breastfeeding:

and a breastfeeding support board:

Also, see if there is a La Leche League group in your area, for mother-to-mother support 24 hours a day. Check out groups near you at this link:

Your hospital or public health dept. (the nurses may be well-meaning, but not well-informed) may also have a lactation consultant you can call on, but you will have to pay for that.

A herb that is useful for improving milk flow is fenugreek, which can be taken in tea form.

Otherwise, the best way to improve milk supply is to nurse on demand. It's the law of "supply and demand"! Do not wait 4 hours between feedings-- that rule was made for formula-fed babies. Keep in mind that 97% of women can breastfeed just fine if they have encouragement and the right advice! Many of us have had terrible advice.

#2) Children can drink homemade or commercially prepared soymilk AFTER the age of 1 year. Infants under 1 year of age should be fed breast milk, commercially prepared infant formula or commercial soymilk infant formula.

Any kind of milk besides breast milk is NOT suitable for babies and will be lacking in sufficient nutrients.

The Soy Growers Assoc. says: "Soymilk can be used just as you would use cow’s milk. Homemade soymilk is not an infant formula – it does not have all the nutrients that infants need to grow. Only breastmilk or specially prepared formulas (some of which contain soy) are appropriate foods for infants."

Check out the link for a vegsource article by 2 vegan rd's (check out their book, too!) about feeding infant vegans. Here's a quote:

"Babies will grow at an unprecedented rate during these first few years of life. We must take it upon ourselves to gain a thorough under-standing of the unique nutritional needs of human infants, the potential pitfalls of vegan diets, and how to build a vegan diet that really works...

Unfortified nondairy beverages should not be used as a primary milk source for infants.
These milks will not provide the nutrients nec-essary for optimal growth and development, and could lead to malnutrition, especially during the weaning period. Fortified non-soy beverages contain minimal amounts of protein and are not suitable as primary milks during the second year of life. ****The only acceptable alternative to breast milk in infancy is commercial infant formula."

There is an organic soy toddler formula, but it is only for babies over 1 year:

I have not heard of any organic infant soy formulas.

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